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Monthly Archives: December 2017

UK cannot benefit from ETS in case of Brexit

The EU Institutions have settled on a safeguard mechanism for European emissions trading should Britain leave the EU ETS in March 2019 without an agreement in hand. The development is considered to be one of the more noteworthy achievements during the negotiations about the inclusion of air traffic in the EU ETS. “If UK companies no longer have obligations under the EU ETS, then they cannot expect to continue to …

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UAE’s GCAA signs several MoUs during ICAO conference

The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) disclosed that it has signed numerous Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Brazil, Sri Lanka, Gambia, Nigeria, and the UK, during the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) conference. According to the UAE’s civil aviation regulator, a delegation graced the said gathering and inked agreements with Switzerland and Ghana. 77 countries attended the ICAO conference and discussed the organization of air transportation’s policies.

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India and Poland sign MoU for civil aviation cooperation

India and Poland have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in civil aviation. The five-year pact sets out to bring the two countries to recognize the mutual benefits of cooperation especially in improving regional air connectivity in India. The deal would also see the two nations recognizing the benefits of environmental testing and approvals for flight simulators, aircraft maintenance facilities, maintenance personnel and aircrew members. The partnership would …

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US Federal Aviation Administration presses UK over future standing as key safety body

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta flew to London to meet with British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling before moving on to meetings with European Union officials in Belgium. He shared that he was there to “bring a level of urgency” to the UK’s discussions over what safety standards it would implement for the manufacturing of aviation products and aircraft maintenance. The FAA has accepted the competency of UK companies because …

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European Union issues warning to British airlines regarding post-Brexit flights

British airlines would relinquish all flying rights to the European Union should the lack of a transition agreement persist after Brexit. This was the stark warning issued by an EU official, a reminder of what’s at stake should no agreement be settled between negotiators from both sides of the fence. The European Commission recently issued a notice to all airlines, relating that UK carriers would no longer benefit from traffic …

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Canadian Transport Minister, Senators squabble over air passenger bill of rights delay

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau is feeling the heat from members of the Senate transport committee as they seek the culprit or cause for the delays in approving a bill to create an air passenger bill of rights. The Liberals have urged senators to ratify the bill by month’s end so an air passenger bill of rights could be finalized as early as next year. Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk says …

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Tunisia and EU agree to Open Skies Memorandum of consultation

Representatives from the Tunisian government and a delegation from the European Union gathered to discuss the Euro-Mediterranean agreement on services between the two parties. The meeting concluded with the two delegations finalizing the discussions on the said agreement and agreeing to submit its text to their respective authorities for ratification before it is implemented in accordance with the constitutional procedures of each party. Kamel Miled of the Tunisian delegation, and …

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New Zealand: IATA against proposed tourist tax

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed opposition for a proposed tourist tax, arguing that carriers should not bear the burden of the expenses that come with collecting it. IATA Regional Director Vinoop​ Goel​ claimed that the income earned by Labour’s pre-election proposal of a $25 per head fee on foreign visitors would be overshadowed by loss of business. In a letter penned and addressed to Transport Minister Phil …

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Kazakhstan signs agreements to expand aviation cooperation with other countries

Kazakhstan has inked agreements with different countries in a bid to develop aviation cooperation. Direct flights from Kazakhstan to Milan would be launched in 2018, according to the Civil Aviation Committee. “A legal framework with the Italian aeronautical authorities for the launch of regular flights between the cities of Astana, Almaty and Rome, Milan with a frequency of seven passenger and three cargo flights a week and the possibility of …

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IATA urges African nations to recognize aviation’s ability to drive the economy forward

International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac appealed to African states to acknowledge aviation’s capacity to spark economic progress. “Africa is the region with the greatest aviation potential but punitive taxes and high infrastructure and fuel costs are curtailing air transport’s benefits on the continent,” bemoaned de Juniac. “The African aviation industry loses $1.50 for each passenger it carries, with many airlines struggling to break …

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